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10,000 porters, catering staff and healthcare assistants to…

10,000 porters, catering staff and healthcare assistants to…

SOME 10,000 healthcare support workers will go on strike tomorrow despite the Health Minister branding the action “quite extraordinary”.

Fed-up porters, catering staff and healthcare assistants will down tools for 24 hours at 38 different hospitals.

 Minister for Health Simon Harris


Minister for Health Simon HarrisCredit: PA:Press Association

It is a move which is expected to create serious disruption for patients.

Some elective surgeries, outpatient appointments and scopes have been cancelled, as has fresh food catering for patients and staff, security and services movement such as the transportation of patients from emergency departments to the wards.

Hygiene services such as the deep cleaning of wards and cleaning of spilled body fluids will also be impacted, as well as the movement of bodies to mortuaries.

The 38 hospitals in Ireland set to be affected by the strike

Cork University Hospital

Cork University Maternity Hospital

Kerry University Hospital

Mallow General Hospital

South Infirmary Hospital, Cork

South Tipperary General Hospital

Wexford General Hospital

St Lukes Hospital Carlow / Kilkenny

Mercy Hospital Cork

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

National Rehabilitation Hospital

Beaumont Hospital

St Ita’s Portrane

Mater Hospital

St James Hospital

St Vincent’s University Hospital

Tallaght Hospital

Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan

Louth County Hospital

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

Rotunda Hospital

Central Mental Hospital

Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar

Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore

Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise

Naas General Hospital

Cavan General Hospital

Letterkenny University Hospital

Sligo General Hospital

Roscommon Hospital

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe

Galway University Hospital

Merlin Park

Mayo University Hospital

UL Hospital Dooradoyle

UL Maternity Hospital

UL Orthopaedic Hospital, Croom

The issue centres around a dispute between workers and the HSE over what the union SIPTU says is the health executive’s failure to implement increases in pay for members arising from a job evaluation scheme.

Minister Simon Harris said: “I find it extraordinary a trade union would bring our health service to a point of such difficulty without even going to the Labour Court.

“The management side has engaged in really good faith on this, we made an offer and that offer would see payments made to people starting in November of this year, which is quite a significant offer to make in the context of the Brexit scenario that we face.”

But People Before Profit TD and former hospital worker Gino Kenny said: “I fully support my fellow hospital workers who have taken the decision to stand up for themselves.

“Cuts to the numbers of health service workers and a policy of ‘more with less’ from the HSE and Department of Health has led to an untenable situation.

“For Minister Harris to attack these workers for taking strike action over pay while his government are presiding over outrageous overspends in the construction of the National Maternity Hospital is a disgrace.”

 People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny supports the action


People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny supports the action



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